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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,023 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,023
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 24
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: whynot44 on 11-18-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Chugs13, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

kaelingirl, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Daniellobo, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of cbutova
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pitch black pour into a pint glass. A nice and creamy dark mocha head forms with a big several finger head. Good retention and some decent lacing.

S- A weaker nose as far as strength but I get just a bit of ginger and underlying roasty stout.

T- Holy ginger bomb. Really can hardly tell it is a stout because the ginger makes me think it is a overspiced pumpkin ale. Seriously ginger. Besides that a bit of nutmeg, cloves, roast malts, spicy bitterness, cocoa powder and cinnamon.

MF- Fairly thin body for a stout with a slightly creamy feel. Carbonation is on the lower medium side. Bitter feel comes from the spices.

Ginger bomb and some other stuff on the side. Pairs well with ginger snap.

cbutova, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

sparx1100, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Thullin187
1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

Thullin187, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of MEW
3/5  rDev -18.7%

MEW, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 1

A= Pours a deep black color with a nice finger of dark brown head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell started with a big chocolate note before turning into a ton of gingerbread smell. Loads of gingerbread with the smallest stout character left. That being said this could be a great gingerbread stout.

T= The taste is a nice big chocolate flavor up front before being engulfed in a delicious gingerbread flavor. Loads and loads of gingerbread and malted barley make this taste like a great gingerbread cookie. A little cinnamon and chocolate malt make this wonderful tasting.

M= A great mouth.

O= This is a suprisingly wonderful beer. This "weird bottle" series from SA is a little hit or miss but this is a hit for sure. This baby is worth checking out. I dunno why but SA does christmas beers right.

jjanega08, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Dbrag
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Dbrag, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

cfh64, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of rapidsequence
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Total Wine in Northern Virginia. $7.

Appearance: This is a really beautifully black beer with a dark brown head with good retention and leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: It doesn't really have dominant stout aromas-- just a little bit of roast. The spices lead the way here with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It really smells a bit like the Old Fezziwig. It claims to be hopped with Fuggles and EKG, but there's little aroma-- that would be out of place.

Taste: Much more stouty and gingerbread like in the flavor. Again quite spicy, with dominant ginger. There is some slightly earthy, spicy hops flavor too without bitterness that lasts to the finish. It has just the right amount of roasted and bready malt flavors to mimic gingerbread. I can't taste the 9% at all.

Mouthfeel: Well done here. Smooth and soft all the way to the finish.

Overall: I think this is pretty well done. I shared the bomber.

rapidsequence, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

BuddytheElf, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

brealbg, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark and roasty with a lot of holiday spices. It definitely has the gingerbread notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger mixed with the roasted malts of the stout.

T- The taste is dark roasted malts with some spices and sweetness. Ginger, cinnamon are in the finish along with some warmth from the alcohol as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and it is a perfect brew to enjoy around the holidays. I hope it makes a return next year!

cjgator3, Nov 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Jasonrm72, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of keeganfrank
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black as coal with a sudsy, brown head. Strong aroma of gingerbread, accompanied by spice and florals. The gingerbread flavor is spot on and has a creamy aftertaste not unlike icing. The high abv is noticeable but doesn't effect the flavor. This is a really wunique, well-balanced Christmas brew. This beer, after a while it develops an unpleasant aftertaste. Whether it's due to warming or my palate being exhausted by all the spice, I don't know, but I think this one would be better shared among a few friends.

keeganfrank, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Proclarush, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Merry Mischief has a thick, soapy, deep tan head, a dark brown or black appearance, and splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is rich, with upfront cinnamon and nutmeg, and some barley malt. Taste is of spices, sweet bread, ginger bread cookies, anise, and sweetness. Some pleasant bitterness is there as well. Mouthfeel is full and velvety, and Samuel Adams Merry Mischief finishes mostly dry, pleasant, and highly drinkable. The danger here is that the alcohol doesn’t really show itself. Overall, I rate this as most excellent! Buy it, and try it!


RonaldTheriot, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ryser2k, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

J2L, Nov 29, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.8%

anewlanguage, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Daemose, Nov 28, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.9%

CJS, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

kuhndog, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of acevenom
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours black with a little more than a finger-length tan head. The head retreats slowly, leaving a little bit atop the beer and a circular ring of lace. I detect some of those spice aromas of ginger, clove, and nutmeg. I get some of those dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee as well. The taste follows the nose, but I definitely do get those milk stout notes with the chocolate, mild coffee, and dark roasted malt notes. The ginger is pretty forward and I do get some of those other spices. It definitely does taste sweet, which lends itself more to sipping. That's not a bad idea with the 9% ABV. The body is medium with a smooth mouthfeel. This is a sipper. This is a very good beer. It doesn't quite measure up to some of the other beers in this series.

acevenom, Nov 28, 2012
Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 1,023 ratings.